AT 66, David Lowes has seen just about everything that the game of football can throw at you.
But the great-grandfather of two has one honour missing from his own trophy cabinet - he’s never won a Hartlepool Mail sports award.
Now, though, the Hartlepool man is a step away from changing all that after being nominated for this year’s competition.
David, also a father-of-two and grandfather of five, has enjoyed a long and illustrious time in the game he loves.
He officiated at an England-Scotland schoolboy international at Wembley Stadium in March 1993, with a crowd of 16,000 watching.
Scotland won, partly thanks to a penalty awarded by David who remembered: “The next time I was in the local club and having a drink with my mates, they presented me with a box of gifts. When I opened the box, it was filled with Scotch Broth, haggis and other things from Scotland”.
David admits he’s not averse to handing out red and yellow cards and won’t tolerate bad language on the pitch.
“If someone swears at me, they will be sent off.”
David, who is married to Joyce, 65, has refereed at about 2,500 games including Northern League. He has also run the line at Conference League level, and been a linesman at an England-Holland schoolboy match at Wembley.
In his working life, he was a concessionaire for Littlewoods pools and later a railway signaller.
His nomination came from fellow Hartlepool man Joe Melrose who said: “David is a referee of great integrity and honesty. He has a way with footballers and managers that is a credit him”
“To be a referee for such a long time is really amazing”.
This is only the second year that we have run our sports awards and our inaugural event was a winner. But we want to make the 2014 version even bigger and better.
From the best in disabled sportspeople to grass roots performers, from coaches to teams – we want to honour them all. And we can only do that with your backing.
Over the next few weeks, we shall be featuring stories on some of the nominations that we have already received.
Then it’s over to the judges to draw up a shortlist before the glittering ﬁnale in early October.